Climate Change Community Benefits Fund headed to Governor's Desk

(Sacramento,CA) -  The Climate Change Community Benefits Fund (AB1405), co-sponsored by the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, successfully passed the legislature today and is headed to Governor Schwarzenegger’s desk for signing. The first bill of its kind would create a fund earmarked for communities most impacted by the highest rates of unemployment and poverty.

AB 1405 directs a portion of the revenues generated through the implementation of AB 32 to help Californians who are least able to confront the impacts of the climate crisis,” commented Evelyn Rangel-Medina of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights. “As California takes steps to solve our climate crisis, we must invest in the California neighborhoods that have suffered the most from pollution and the recession.”

The California Climate Change Community Benefits Fund mandates that a minimum of 10% of the revenues generated from polluters who fail to meet California’s clean energy and air-pollution control standards will directly fund job training and creation, public health initiatives, and pollution clean-up efforts in low-income communities.

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